Ahhh tomatoes – the ultimate summer food – ripe, juicy and brimming with sunshine goodness. Tomatoes are a passion for many people; including Provence Chef/Proprietors Alessandra and Jean-Francis Quaglia. “There isn’t any flavour that says ‘summer’ more to me than tomato,” says Chef Alessandra. “We are fortunate to have local producers supplying us with heirloom varieties. The flavours are so intense; each variety is different and they are all so tasty.”
This August (from 1 – 31), Provence Restaurants celebrates all things tomato with special three-course Tomato Festival Menus that will satisfy even the most addicted tomato-holic. Menus differ slightly at each restaurant and are also priced differently – $45 at Mediterranean Grill in Point Grey and $48 at Marinaside in Yaletown.
Chef Alessandra’s famed Heirloom Tomato Tart makes an appearance on both menus as a starter as does a refreshing Chilled Yellow Campari Tomato Soup with poached wild prawn and cucumber relish. There is also an Heirloom Tomato and Fennel Salad.
For main course you’ll find Berkshire Pork Tenderloin Medallions served with plum tomato marmalade, tomato and lavender jus on both menus as well as Sun-dried Tomato and Caper-Crusted Sablefish and Tomato Gnocchi (served with crab at Marinaside and with lobster at Mediterranean Grill). Desserts include a Candied Cherry Short Cake with strawberries and wild-flower honey at both locations and at Point Grey only – a Trio of Tomato Sorbets.
As an added incentive (as if you needed one) both Provence locations will donate $3 from every Tomato Festival Menu sold to support Growing Chefs, an organization that teaches school children about growing and preparing food.
Whether you go balmy for Black Krims, crazy about Green Zebra’s or just adore Moneymakers – you’ll find them all and more on the menu at Provence’s First Annual Tomato Festival this August.
Provence Mediterranean Grill (Point Grey) 4473 West 10th Ave., 604.222.1980
Provence Marinaside (Yaletown) 1177 Marinaside Crescent at the foot of Davie St., 604.681.4144
Chilled Yellow Campari Tomato Soup
poached wild prawn & cucumber relish
Fresh Tomato Tart
dijon, olives, gruyère cheese, basil
Heirloom Tomato & Fennel Salad
marinated olives, feta cheese, marjoram vinaigrette
Tomato & Caper Crusted Sablefish
summer peas ragout, smoked grape tomato nage
Berkshire Pork Tenderloin Medallions
plum tomato marmalade, tomato & lavender jus
Sun-Dried Tomato Gnocchi with Lobster
green tomato concassé, lemon & tarragon beurre blanc
Candied Cherry Tomato Short Cake
fresh strawberries, wild flower honey
or Trio of Tomato Sorbet
$45 per person